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The Man Boxed In: Layne Staley, 1967-2002

Jason Cohen, Spin, July 2002

LAYNE STALEY was already something of a ghost. Alice in Chains, the Seattle band he'd fronted since 1987, was officially on "hiatus," a two-year respite that had stretched to six. Some friends and even his bandmates say they hadn't seen him for several years. Rumors spread that he'd lost an arm to gangrene, or maybe all his teeth.

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